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Interns are a unique breed in the human world. They’re at the bottom of the food chain, yet are crucial to its everyday functioning. They graduated with honors and are some of the brightest young minds in the industry, yet their hardest task of the day might be juggling 16 different Chipotle lunch orders while dodging traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue (Who do you think dresses up in our Panda suit every week?). Their workday is similar to a gauntlet in which they are a gladiator forced to tame ravenous lions or else be eaten alive, and yet they compete to the death against other interns to hold these positions. They are young. They are brave. They are interns.

Here at FamousDC, intern life is nowhere near as treacherous as some of the others out there.* Nonetheless, we have all been an intern at one point (some of us more than once) and we know the crucial role that they fill in our daily professional lives. As such, we are launching the DC Intern Hall of Fame– an opportunity for all you head honchos and boss ladies to nominate your intern to be recognized for all their hard work.

*I was not paid to say this statement, and have done so at my own free will

Here are some photo’s we’ve dug up from the intern archives of real life interns

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Show your rockstar intern some love by nominating them for the DC Intern Hall of Fame! All you need to do is to email your submission to sarah@famousdc.com

Please include:

  • Name of Intern
  • Company/ Boss
  • Age
  • Hometown
  • Responsibilities
  • Something interesting about them
  • Why you are nominating them

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Props to Beau Finley for capturing the true experience of the DC metro transportation system in this awesome metro car photograph. This picture definitely portrays the real life of Washingtonian commuters during metro rush hours.

 

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The National Zoo certainly knows how to throw a party! A huge congratulations to the Smithsonian National Zoo for hosting their 11th annual wildlife conservation fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo.

unnamed-1Hundreds of DC folk headed out to the Zoo in support of animal lives and to enjoy a fresh cold one. The beer fest featured over 70 craft beers from a wide variety of breweries including Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Blue Mountain Brewery, Shipyard Brewing Company, and so many more.

unnamedOn top of all the fantastic beers, a vast array of delicious food options were available from local businesses and food trucks such as Meridian PintArepa Zone, and Silo. To top it all off, live music was being performed throughout the entire evening playing some classic hits that everyone could jam out to. It was a wildly fun evening!

All of the proceeds earned through this event are poured into animal care and wildlife conservation science.

Cheers to wildlife conservation!

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Famous Friday Round Up

 


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A huge shout out to everyone who joined us for our Capital Summer Happy Hour event at Stanton & Greene and an even bigger thanks to our phenomenal sponsor, The Washington Examiner. It was a famously fantastic night filled with spiked lemonade, DJ Dan’s epic music, and all you beautiful people.

 


#WEEKEND

Weather: Mother nature is turning up the heat this weekend! Saturday is bringing DC a high of 92 with some afternoon clouds and Sunday is bumping it up to 93 with only a 20% chance of rain.

Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Bust out your best dance moves for National Dance Day at The Kennedy Center; Grab a beer at Drink the District Beer Fest; Head to Port City Brewing Company for the launch of their first barrel aged beer; Catch the outdoor screening of Mrs. Doubtfire or the Imitation Game in Bethesda; Do some shopping at the Bethesda Row Sidewalk SaleMake your way over to the Eastern Market; Catch ArasDance’s newest show, So We Meet Again at Capital Fringe.

 


#NATIONAL

Micah Spangler is making us want to dive into Colombia’s epic mud volcano; If political emails held a popularity contest, Hillary’s would be the Prom Queen; Trump may be throwing a curve ball into the mix by launching a third-party candidacy; Snapchat is the #1 social media platform for the 2016 race; Does the Iran Deal have your head spinning? Us too; Screw Republicans and Democrats- are you Team Nicki or Team Taylor?; Gorgeous aesthetics have a haunting message in Pharrell’s video of his new single, Freedom; Trump– even his baby picture is kind of creepy; Sharknado 3 maintains the theme of its prequels: it’s so bad it’s good;
Gawker.com returns, but Gawker Media may not; Caitlyn Jenner has better shoes than you; American Horror Story: Hotel gets a more polished makeover for Season 5Lindsey Graham making us lol; #Whitepeople 

 


#DISTRICT

Bryant Row and NJI Media host Snapchat Lunch & Learn event, landing on POLITICO influence list; Urban Stems – Wow! Well played; Louisa Imperiale of Photox wowed the crowd this week at DC Tech Meetup; 8th Street, SE is the hottest block in DC; If you are a hill staffer, you’re awesome; Drink your way through Shaw; Snapchat launched the DC Snapchat story; Look out Miami, #DCSwimWeek is coming for you; If you lack these skills, you are apparently not a true Washingtonian; DC may instate a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour in 2016; Obama refuses to see Jon Stewart leave The Daily Show; El Niño is fiercely rolling through DC this year.

 


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#BIRTHDAY

Famous birthday wishes for: Paul Flaminio; John Levis; Peter B Weeks; Caryn Lester; Barbara A. Mikulski; Stephen Strasburg; Cristin Buckels Prosser; John Barrasso; James E. Clyburn; John J. Duncan Jr.; Mick Mulvaney; Phil Roe; Kara Cunningham; Taylor Schlette; Robert B. Aderholt; John B. Larson; Andy Barr; Claire McCaskill; Mary Alex Hudson; Anastasia Sauser; Matt Missentzis; Patricial Hadad; Rachel Hughes; Taylor Elizabeth; Chelsy Wagstaff; Nikki Ruh; Justin PachoniEli CenterConnie SayersAnjulen AndersonMeagan McArthur NealRachel Kallander; Devon Richardson; Jon TrippLia Seremetis. 

 


#FAMOUSFORDC

Howard Mortman loves the Friday Round Up emails; Patrick Gavin is getting his teach on at American University; Jason Lawrence had a great run in Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s office; Tara Palmeri talks to parrots; James Hohmann’s Instagram feed is a must follow; Congratulations to Brent Buchanan on the Campaigns & Elections award; Ask Sara and Ron Bonjean about the salmon at the Bombay Club; Caroline Wren, “Oh.”; Will Ian Sams wear his Grill-ary Clinton apron while BBQing this fall before Alabama Crimson Tide football games?; Ask Tal Kopan how many grapes one person can eat during 24 hours; Reid Porter went to the dentist today.

 


#MEDIAMOVES BY BRYANT ROW

Fawn Johnson is joining Michael Ramlet and Reid Wilson at the Morning Consult; Kristin Roberts is named Politico National Editor; Bill Simmons to host HBO talk show on sports and pop culture; John Temple leaves First Look Media; Hunter Schwarz joins IJReview as National Political Reporter; Peter Bhatia named editor at The Cincinnati Enquirer; PBS NewsHour names Jon Gerberg General Assignment Producer; Fox News hires Meghan McCain as Contributor; Sara Clemence is named News Director at Travel and Leisure; Cory Haik is named Executive Director of Emerging News Products at The Washington Post; Juana Summers moves to Mashable as new Political Editor.

 


#BYE

“Thanks for stopping by. Stay classy DC.” – Congresswoman Mimi Walters

unnamed-3Thanks to our friends at NJI Media and Bryant Row, FamousDC had the honor of co-hosting a very special event this week. Rob Saliterman, Snapchat’s director of political ad sales, paid us a visit and told us all about how the app is embedding advertisements into Snapchat stories, how businesses should approach this opportunity, and what this means for political influence.

 

unnamed-5Rob, who currently lives in New York, has a history with DC. He worked in the White House as a member of the communications team under George W. Bush; and until recently, he was the director of Google’s political ad sales. Why leave an advertising giant and internet machine like Google for a social media app? Because Snapchat is doing BIG things and is going to be a major player in the 2016 election.

Our main takeaway from our lunch with Rob was this: Snapchat is a unique social media platform with a huge reach and amazingly high numbers of daily active users (100 million to be exact); its advertising opportunities should not be underestimated. If a company is interested in advertising on Snapchat, it should focus its efforts specifically around the features of the app- most notably being a maximum of 10 seconds long and the capability of users to skip the ad with the tap of a finger. The U.S. Travel Association released an awesome example of how to effectively advertise on the platform, and was featured on the DC Snapchat story earlier this week.

In the political arena, all the major contenders for the 2016 POTUS seat are already utilizing Snapchat in one way or another, some better than others. Those who are using it more effectively, are the smartest players in the game. At FamousDC, we’re having a blast using the app to interview congressional members in quick, fun, and informative sessions. We’ve chatted with Reps Will Hurd, Charlie Rangel, and Mimi Walters, and this is just the beginning.

So if there’s one thing you need to know about Snapchat, it’s this: it’s fun, it’s popular, and it’s incredibly influential. Take note and start snapping!

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Featured on POLITICO Influence:

K STREET GETS SNAPCHAT TUTORIAL: Public affairs firm Bryant Row and NJI Mediaheld a lunch-and-learn with Snapchat‘s Rob Saliterman at NJI’s offices in Old Town Alexandria, Va. Representatives from several DC-based trade associations and companies were in attendance looking to utilize the Snapchat platform for public affairs. Spotted were: Riley Titus, International Franchise Association; Katherine Cresto, Financial Services Roundtable; Anna Sisto, Hilton; Kathleen Joyce, National Beer Wholesalers of America; Amanda Deluca, National Automobile Dealers Association; and Kristen Duckett, Capital One.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Stanton & Greene for the Capital Summer Happy Hour! We sipped spiked lemonade in style as over 200 of DC’s best and brightest got together for a famously awesome night. A very special thanks to our generous sponsor, the Washington Examiner, who made the night possible.

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#1: Ted’s Bulletin

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Frosty mugs for their home brewed beers, thick spiked milkshakes, and breakfast served all day…how much better can it really get? Ted’s Bulletin is a signature go to restaurant up on 8th Street, SE. It gives an old fashioned speakeasy vibe that caters to everyone’s style ensuring a great experience and a delicious meal.

#2: DCanter Wine Boutique 

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This little fabulous wine boutique offers a large and rare selection of worldwide wines. Don’t know much about wine? Why not learn! DCanter hosts an array of classes that focus on expanding your palate through tastings and chatting about wines from different regions. Get on over to 8th Street to find your perfect wine for all occasions.

#3: Lola’s Barracks Bar & Grill

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With both indoor and patio seating, a pool room, and a shuffleboard attic , Lola’s is the place to be for that evening special. They offer a fabulous brunch and a delicious dinner menu that all pair well with their wine, beer, and cocktail lists. This is definitely a unique 8th Street gem that should be on everyone’s must experience list.

#4: Belga CafÉ

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That’s right! The original Belgian restaurant in DC is located on 8th Street, SE and features some of the best waffles you will ever bite into. This is a perfect weekend brunch hot spot and a fantastic choice for any weekday meal. On top of having fabulous cuisine, Belga Café offers over 100 exotic beers that will make you feel as though you are sitting in a European beer garden.

#5: District Doughnut

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District Doughnut certainly delivers on giving you that perfect doughnut to meet every need of your sweet tooth. They offer doughnut creations of all flavors giving everyone their favorite tastes. This is a definite highlight of 8th Street and certainly the place for all you sweet lovers to try out.

#6: Rose’s Luxury

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This DC diamond is a perfect date night restaurant featuring a private rooftop garden and fabulous cocktails that will truly create an unforgettable evening for you and your date. This little restaurant produces fantastic family style dishes for all to enjoy with a great glass of wine.

#7: Senart’s Oyster & Chop House

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Senart’s is the place to go for a fantastic Happy Hour on 8th Street. You just can’t beat $1.00 oysters and signature cocktails after a long day at work. For all you night hawks and weekend party goers, a late night Happy Hour is also offered on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 10pm. This is a great casual spot that has an awesome vibe and all the best people.

#8: Molly Malone’s

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This casual Irish pub is perfect for grabbing a beer and enjoying a great burger. Featuring over 50 draft beers, there is definitely something that will meet everyone’s beverage taste while watching the Nats game. Molly Malone’s has a chilled out atmosphere that ensures a great time for all you pub goers.

Bonus 8th Street Hot Spots

Homebody for some post brunch and mimosa shopping.

Cava Mezze for some awesome mediterranean cuisine and a great rooftop scene.

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* Head over to the Marine Barracks for some live weekend shows and entertainment.

* Try out new gourmet, organic teas of all flavors at Capital Teas.

* Definitely check out the bike selection at Capitol Hill Bikes along with their massive selection of bicycle accessories.

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Meet Alex Wirth and Jonathan Marks. These Harvard grads moved from Boston to DC to expand Quorum, a platform changing the way people see, explain, and influence the legislative process. The two make a dynamic duo- as Alex (left) oversees business development and customer success, and Jonathan (right) focuses on product design and development. We sat down with them to find out more about how they work and what’s next for Quorum.

IMG_3965Yesterday, DC made its Snapchat debut with it’s very own Washington DC live story event. What does that mean? Snapchat uses geofencing so that users in the District can take photos and videos within the app and choose to upload them to the Washington DC “story” which is visible to the entire DC Snapchat world for 24 hours. Since the culmination of these story events in late 2013, there have been stories in over 50 other cities and hundreds of events including, the World Cup Brazil, Mardi Gras, and Life in Dubai. Even politicians are using it. Stories have rapidly become Snapchat’s most popular feature so it’s no surprise that hundreds thousands of local users submit content to the story in admirable optimism that their snap will be chosen.

How does this golden content get selected? An inside source tells us that an elite group of highly privileged hands (we’re guessing who also double as members of the Illuminati) sort through all of the submitted content and choose the best material to be featured on the story.

Still don’t get it? SeTheFamousDCSnapchate our idiot’s guide and follow us on Snapchat @TheFamousDC. Or just open the app and point your camera at the ghost on the right. It will add you automatically.

The DC story isn’t going anywhere. As long as you’re in the area, it will stay on your feed from now until forever. So if you missed your opportunity yesterday, you can still get out there and try for your 10 seconds of fame again today… and the next day, and the next day! A word of advice: if you’re planning to have your big break via Snapchat- eating your tuna sandwich in Longworth, shooting selfies on the metro, and those super covert sexts to your college fling probably aren’t going to cut it. Postpone those for another time and make today all about DC.

Here’s what did make the list:

  • Cuban Embassy reopens and flies their flag for the firs time in 54 years
  • Brass Bands playing in the street
  • Everyone leaving work due to alleged bomb threat downtown
  • Someone dressed up like the Washington Monument dancing on a rooftop
  • Helicopters flying over the Potomac
  • Intern life in the Capitol
  • People complaining about the heat
  • People loving the AC
  • Obama welcoming visitors to the White House
  • A panda lounging in front of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool (hmm wonder who that was)
  • Paddle boats and kayaks
  • Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room
  • Trapeze artists from the Trapeze School of DC
  • Some serious #Natitude at Nats Park
  • Sunset over the Potomac
  • 1st Annual DMV Summer Music Festival at the Howard Theatre
  • Neon Trees playing at the 9:30 club

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I’d say that pretty much sums up an accurate depiction of DC in the summer. Bravo everyone! We’re expecting equally solid submissions everyday.

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In other big Snapchat news: the U.S. Travel Association, which is headquartered here in Washington, just launched a new ad campaign with Snapchat. The two are a perfect marriage, as Snapchat’s story events feature cities around the world, offering a semi-voyeuristic view into the lives and experiences of people in far away places. The U.S. Travel Association can actually take you there.

Moral of the story: take a vacation, visit a monument, see a concert, send a fax. Just make sure you snap about it.

 

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#1: Your mom tells all her friends that you work at the White House directly for the President of the United States.

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#2: Receptions. Free finger food and cheap wine after work. “Of course I want to hear about sustainable farming using the power of the sun association.” 

#3: The occasional Matt Lira sighting when you’re walking in the tunnel to the Capitol.

Seal_of_the_United_States_Congress.svg#4: Basically, interns think you’re a God.

#5: Capitol Lounge 25¢ wing night.

#6: “Why, yes, my LinkedIn profile does say United States Congress.”

#7: Buffalo chicken wrap in the Longworth cafeteria purchased from the STAFF ONLY line.

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#8: “Have I showed you my business card? Yeah, that is the United States Capitol on there.”

#9: They hand me free copies of the Circulator and the Washington Examiner on the Metro. – wait, is that everyone?

200-2#10: Because by landing a job as a Staff Assistant on Capitol Hill, you’re already on track to take over Washington, D.C.